I’ve been writing about perspective and how important it is to listen to someone else’s views. In most cases, the more you listen, the more you will understand that these folks want the same things as you. You’ll start to see that, though you think their ideas are daft or worse, what they really want isn’t much different from you.
But what do you do with plain stupid?
You put it on the stage. You engage it with different ideas. The last thing you want to do is put it in a box. When you box it up you empower it. You give it a special status. You encourage protagonists and also encourage on-lookers to take a closer look.
You beat stupid by revealing stupid.
When stupid shows up at your college, don’t disinvite the speaker. Good gawd. What does that do but create fragile little snowflakes who melt at the merest hint at trigger words? Don’t run away and cry like students at Emory University did after someone wrote ‘Trump’ on the risers of the steps leading into classrooms. Stand on top of the word and explain why you don’t like the man. Protest. March. Grab the mike. Beat stupid ideas with better ideas. It’s the only way to make permanent change.
Ayn Rand said “A people have the government that they deserve.’ It’s getting harder to argue that she’s wrong.
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